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Texas Legislature 2023

As 2024 nears, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looms large over Gov. Greg Abbott in Texas

DeSantis and Abbott often appear to be locked in an unspoken ideological arms race as they take turns leading and then following one another, enacting policies and backing bills that push both states further to the right.

From left: Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Not to be disrespectful to Gov. Abbott, but I don’t think there are many people in the DeSantis orbit who consider that to be a rivalry.”

— Brian Ballard, a veteran Florida lobbyist who co-chaired DeSantis’ inauguration.

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